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Polaroid is back with a brand-new instant film camera. Good stuff! But wait, what year is it? Did we slip backwards through a wormhole? Did the space-time continuum rip itself to shreds? Does anyone have Christopher Lloyd’s phone number?

Okay, relax. It’s 2015, alright, and a quick glance out the window shows no sign of our planet being devoured by a black hole. Yes, indeed, Polaroid instant cameras really do exist here in 2015. And what’s even more exciting than time travel is the possibility that Polaroid’s latest camera may be one of the brand’s most promising creations yet.

The camera in question is the Polaroid Snap, and it looks to combine the best of yesteryear’s Polaroid with the convenience and capability of a modern point-and-shoot digital camera. With a 10 Megapixel sensor, MicroSD card slot, and ultra-minimalist design, could this be the Polaroid we’ve all been waiting for?

After a week with the Snap, we’ve got the scoop. Check it out, and see if this new Polaroid is your kind of camera.

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Polaroid Snap, a New Instant Camera Now Available

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Instant camera buffs rejoice, because today there’s a new option for unbridled, instant-print photo fun. That’s right, Polaroid Snap is finally available, and this isn’t your grand-pappy’s Polaroid.

The Snap harkens back to the glory days of the company made famous by Edwin Land, allowing shooters to instantly print a pocket-sized, honest-to-goodness photo. Amazing stuff, made even more charming in this age of ephemeral digital photos.

We’ll be running some film through the Snap this weekend, so look for our review early next week. Until then, we’re pretty excited about the Snap. We can’t say for certain just yet, but the Snap seems poised to offer something special for photophiles who yearn for effortless creation of fun, tangible mementos.

For detailed specs, production info, and where to buy, read on.

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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

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It’s one of the questions we’re asked most often here at CP, across our social media accounts, and through our online shop. Every day, new shooters and experienced digital photographers ask us to help them choose their first film camera.

It’s not an easy task. Often we don’t know the shooter’s goals, experience level, or budget. What we do know, is that there’s a film camera out there for everyone. They just need to find it!

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of recommended cameras for people looking to buy their first film camera. From totally inexperienced shooters to those seeking the ultimate film camera, we’ve taken the time to curate a list that’ll help any first-time film shooter find the film camera that’s right for them. We’ve even included links to our full reviews where applicable!

We should add that there are many more cameras out there that could’ve made this list. We tried to focus on cameras we’ve reviewed.

Check out the list, and if you’re a veteran film shooter let us know in the comments which camera was your first!

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DIY Photo Frame Using Polaroid Film Cartridges

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Looking for a hip and inexpensive way to frame and showcase some of your best photos? If so, watch our latest video. In it we show how to take old, empty Polaroid film cartridges and turn them into slick and stylish photo frames.

In less than three minutes you’ll have a unique accent ready to hang. The more you’ve got, the better they look. So why not get ambitious and fill an entire wall with these easy-to-make photo frames?

For our “How to” video, what you’ll need, and product shots, read on.

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

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These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Well if their natural full-frame quality, bulletproof construction, and undeniable hipster cachet hasn’t won you over, consider the fact that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every single professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect.

What’s the downside? There are too many. In less than ten minutes shopping online, a would-be film shooter can come away with an astounding number of pro-spec options. With this many machines to choose from, selecting the right camera can be pretty overwhelming. I think that’s why it’s one of the questions that most frequently trips me up: “Hey, what camera should I buy if I want to shoot film?” For ten minutes I yammer on about the pros and cons of twenty different machines, leaving the asker more confused than before the question was asked.

My typically fumbling response springs from the knowledge that every camera has its own suite of strengths and weaknesses; the same attribute that might make a camera ideal for one person could make it problematic for another. Choosing the right camera depends greatly on answering the question, “What are my shooting habits and preferences?” With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five all-around excellent film cameras, and included the type of photographer for whom each would work best.

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